Igor V. Babailov, Hon.RAA, KStA

Group Portraits and Multifigure Murals

For Gold, God and Glory
Portrait of Christopher Columbus

Included in Peruvian Encyclopedia on discoveries of the Americas

​  For Gold, God and Glory - Portrait of Christopher Columbus  (Oil on Canvas, 70"x79"), Portraits and Murals by portrait artist Igor Babailov. This is the artist’s own rendition of the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his crew in the Americas.

​  For Gold, God and Glory - Portrait of Christopher Columbus

(Oil on Canvas, 70"x79"), Copyright © by Igor Babailov.

Painting Columbus Painting- Igor Babailov, book-1_edited.jpg

At work on "For Gold, God and Glory" in 1992.

THE STORY

"For Gold, God and Glory" (Oil on Canvas, 70"x79") 

is the artist’s own rendition of the arrival of Christopher 

Columbus and his crew in the Americas.

There were only several portraits of Columbus painted in the History of Art and they all looked like portraits of different people because nobody knew exactly what Columbus looked like. Igor Babailov created “his own” Columbus and based his depiction of features on the biographical description written by Columbus’s son.

Mr. Babailov used no models, but set up a mirror with one source of light and used his own image in the mirror to create expressions and hand positions for subjects in the painting.

Preparation for the painting also involved historical research including investigation into the clothing and the fashion of that period.

Igor Babailov portrayed Christopher Columbus to honor all those before him that came to make this continent their home.

Painting's CLOSEUPS

Columbus Painting Closeup Center , by portrait artist Igor Babailov
Columbus Painting Closeup - Left , by portrait artist Igor Babailov

Every face is created entirely from the Artist's Imagination. Mr. Babailov used no models, but set up a mirror with one source of light and used his own image in the mirror to create expressions and hand positions for subjects in the painting.

Columbus Painting Closeup - Right, by portrait artist Igor Babailov

Featured in numerous publications, including:

Peruvian Encyclopedia, Empresa Editora Il Comercio, S.A. (2004)

Peru Encyclopedia, Empresa Editora Il Comercio, S.A. (2004), Columbus painting by Igor Babailov

PRIMO - Italian-American Magazine (2001)

PRIMO - Italian-American Magazine (2001), Columbus painting by Igor Babailov

and many others ...